Battle of the Books

Battle of the Books
Posted on 05/23/2021
Battle of the BooksRymfire Elementary celebrated its Sunshine State Young Readers (SSYRA) from May 17th–21st, with competition battles and parties.

Kindergarten–2nd Grade
Students in grades K–2 who qualified, competed in teams of 3-4 students in a quiz game show competition. Fourteen teams competed against each other, and the scores resulted in some top place ties. Tied for first place were Team 1: Bianna Williams, Ameera Toolsie, Gina Solicito and Miami Concepcion and Team 5: Hailey Harazin, Nathaniel Volkov, Isaac Soto and King Wells. In second place was Team 10: Griffon Landkamer, Theresa Jeffrey, and Alijah Pressley. Tied for third place were Team 6:  Audra Snyder, Abigail Johnson and Lyla Blake and Team 9: Jayden Wilson, Clyde Morris, Saydee Brooks and Hazel Boughton. All teams received goody gift bags, and the winning team members each received gift cards.

3rd–5th Grade
Students who qualified in grades 3–5 participated in a fun party celebration where they received a poster prize, snack party, and got to select a brand new library book to check out when school resumes next fall.

6th Grade
Grade 6 students also had a battle with three teams of four students. The winning team included: Timothy Kulev, Lorenzien Wright, Sophia Dagostino, and Rayah Hammons—each receiving their own gift card. All 6th grade participants also received a new copy of an SSYRA book on the 2021–2022 list, and a pizza party celebration. These students and many others were able to vote for their favorite this spring by having read at least three of the titles from their grade level list. The following titles won: Can I be Your Dog? by Troy Cummings, Strongheart by Candace Fleming, and City Spies by James Ponti.

Ms. Tahan, the Library Media Specialist, looks forward to Rymfire students participating again next year, as there are 15 new SSYRA titles per grade level range each school year. 

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For more information about SSYRA programs, please visit the Florida Association for Media in Education (FAME) website:

SSYRA Jr. (Grades K–2)

SSYRA (Grades 3–5 and 6–8)


SSYRA 2021–2022 Book Lists:

SSYRA Junior Book List for Kindergarten–2nd Grades
SSYRA Book List for 3rd–5th Grades
SSYRA Book List for 6th–8th Grades